Indian-origin Foreign Citizens below 20 Years of Age don’t Need to Get OCI Card Reissued Multiple Times

The process is simplified for OCI cardholders below 20 years of age. In a move towards eliminating the hassles of using an OCI card, the Government of India now requires the Overseas Citizen of Indian cardholders to get their OCI cards reissued only once when they turn 20 years old. Until this announcement, Indian-origin foreign citizens below 20 years of age had to get the OCI card reissued each time the passport was renewed.

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Foreign citizens of Indian origin, who have registered as OCI cardholders before reaching the age of 20 years, will get the card reissued not more than once only on renewal of the passport after they attain the age of 20 years, so that the OCI card has their new photo capturing their facial features on turning 20.

If Indian-origin foreign passport holders have registered as OCI cardholders after they turned 20, they don’t need to get the OCI card reissued on renewal of the passport unlike before this amendment to the process. The need to get the OCI card reissued with a new photo will arise on their completion of 50 years of age.

“Now OCI cardholders below 20 years of age can travel to India without worrying about reissuance of the document. The decision on simplifying the process and relaxing the rules, which will facilitate entry to India for OCI cardholders below 20 years, is a great move, indeed. The government has issued nearly 37.75 lakh OCI cards so far,” said the Editor of Travel Beats, a leading overseas Indian community portal with focus on travel to and from India.

All that OCI cardholders, who are below 20 years of age, need to do is to upload a scanned copy of the new passport and their latest photo on the OCI portal online whenever their passport is renewed until they complete 20 years of age. They can upload the documents within 3 months of having received the new passport. This requirement is mandatory as the Government of India needs to update the data regarding new passports issued to OCI cardholders prior to their completion of 20 years of age. They will receive an e-acknowledgement upon submission of the documents.

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15 thoughts on “Indian-origin Foreign Citizens below 20 Years of Age don’t Need to Get OCI Card Reissued Multiple Times

  1. Raj

    This is a good move, but the question is, when MEA will start following this new process? I have checked “OCI Miscellaneous Services” under https://ociservices.gov.in/ today (04/17/2021), there is no mention of this simplified process outlined in the above article. Does anybody have any idea when this will start?

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  2. Param Preeth

    The site (pdf doc) is now updated on the ociservices.gov site. They’re working on it.
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    Appropriate modifications are being made in the OCI Miscellaneous Services portal to implement the above decisions. This is expected to be launched by end May, 2021. OCI cardholders are therefore requested to wait for the updation of the portal before submitting any application for re-issue of OCI card.
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    Cheers

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  3. san

    So what happens if an existing OCI cardholder renews the passport at 19 yrs of age. Will he/she need to get new OCI card once more after he/she attains 20 years of age ?

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi San! Existing OCI card holder need not get their OCI card reissued until they turn 20. However, they need to upload their latest photograph and a scanned copy of the passport on the online OCI portal whenever the passport is renewed till they turn 20 years old.

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      • san

        What about existing OCI cardholder around 49 yrs of age ? Will he/she has to get OCI reissued if a new passport is issued 51 years of age ? Or just uploading the new passport details at the portal will suffice ?

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        • indianeagle Post author

          Hi San! Existing OCI card holder (49 years of age) need to get their OCI card reissued once again after they attain 50 years of age.

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  4. nur

    Existing OCI cardholder 19 hrs of age gets new passport issued which is valid for 10 years. Will he/she still need to get the OCI card reissued when he turns 20 or when he turns 19+10 = 29 yrs of age ?

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Nur! They need to get the OCI card reissued upon renewal of passport after turning 20, that is at 29 years of age in his/her case. For the new passport issued now, they need to upload their latest photograph and a scanned copy of the new passport on OCI portal online.

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  5. rajeshwar rehill

    i am 79 tears of age and have OCI card since 2010 and citizen of US. Do I have to renew my OCI card

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  6. San

    What is the portal to upload the latest picture and passport for age 18? can you please post the portal here so I can upload my new renewed passport and latest picture.

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  7. Nagin Madhavbhai Patel

    if an OCI card was issued when a person was 65 years old and that person is now 80 yrs old and had the US passport renewed in 2016,what is he/she required to do?

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    • indianeagle Post author

      Hi Nagin! When OCI cardholders turn 50 or more, they need to get the OCI card reissued on renewal of their passport.

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      • Param Preeth

        Please check the government site.
        https://ociservices.gov.in/MiscNew.pdf
        It’s clearly stated that re-issue is required only once after reach 20 years of age.
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        Further, Central Government vide orders dated 16.04.2021 has now dispensed with the requirement to re-issue an OCI card each time a new passport is issued to a foreigner up to 20 years of age and once after completing 50 years of age. Re-issue of OCI card will now be required only once i.e. when a new passport is issued after completing 20 years of age. However, OCI cardholder will be required to upload a copy of the new passport containing the photo and also a latest photo on the online system each time a new passport is issued up to 20 years of age and once after completing 50 years of age.
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